SONORA, Calif., February 10, 2022 – Tuolumne County is where winter wonders await. Located just 2.5 hours from the San Francisco Bay Area, experience snowy adventures in the High Sierra, California Gold Rush history and enjoy the less crowded half of Yosemite National Park this season. Here’s what’s new in Tuolumne County this winter:
Opened in early November, Hotel Lumberjack is Tuolumne County’s newly rebranded lodging property. Located at the center of historic Sonora, the hotel offers guests a unique Americana Motel experience with 34 newly designed rooms featuring working niches, oversized beds and large walk-in showers with eco-friendly amenities throughout.
New Food & Drink:
New pizza pop-up in Downtown Sonora, Also Pizza, offers wood-fired pizzas with locally sourced ingredients. Other offerings include seasonal dishes like gazpacho or caprese salad.
Family-owned boutique vineyard and winery, Arthur Michael Vineyards & Winery, recently opened a new tasting room on Main Street in Jamestown offering high-quality wines. Tasting room hours are currently open to weekend visitors only. Their vineyard, located five miles west, is by appointment only.
Bear Tent Brewing Co., a small batch brewery known for their cream ales, recently opened a tap room on Main Street in historic Jamestown. The tap room offers an assortment of hand-crafted beers, a relaxing indoor space and a pet friendly patio.
Downtown Sonora also recently welcomed Flappy’s Pizza Co. The pizzeria features a full bar, signature pizzas and their famous “Flappy Hour.”
Downtown Sonora has a new deli, Washington Street Sandwich Company. The shop serves panini’s, bites, salads, soups and more.
A Beautiful Picnic is a new service that sets up a personal picnic at one of the many picturesque locations throughout Tuolumne County. Whether it’s a birthday, baby shower, bridal shower, date night or corporate event, the picnic service will take a simple picnic and elevate it with charming design and delicious grazing platters.
Dodge Ridge Mountain Resort has new owners for the first time in 45 years. This ski season under new management, Dodge Ridge is now a member of the Powder Alliance with reciprocal ticket benefits at 16 resorts on the West Coast and in Japan. The resort also tested snowmaking in the base area for the first time, and summer trail grooming work was completed on the resort’s main ski trails to allow for an earlier opening.
The RAD Card Program is a new digital gift card service dedicated to small, locally owned Tuolumne County businesses. Additional matched funding through ARPA and local donors has sold out. However, visitors can still support various restaurants, personal care services and specialty retailers year-round by sending an e-gift card through the program this holiday season.
Tuolumne County offers hundreds of breathtaking trails to choose from. Take advantage of the upcoming “Trail Heads” winter program to help navigate the abundance of options and keep score this winter. The program includes a downloadable map of the top 12 trails in Tuolumne County, a landing page with an expanded interactive map of trails and the ability for visitors to earn badges as they complete trails.
Tuolumne County Restaurant Week returns January 21-30, 2022 to celebrate local cuisine, chefs, wine and cider makers and food producers. Throughout the special week, various restaurants will offer special menu items, discounts, unique culinary experiences and more.
Hetch Hetchy, Yosemite National Park’s least crowded entrance, is celebrating its 100th anniversary. The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir offers a variety of outdoor recreation opportunities. Due to its low elevation, the area also offers one of the longest hiking seasons in the park.
For a full list of things to experience in Tuolumne County this winter, lodging properties, outdoor activities, restaurants, shopping and more, go to VisitTCToday.com.
ABOUT VISIT TUOLUMNE COUNTY
Visit Tuolumne (“to-all-o-me”) County (VTC) is the official destination marketing organization for Tuolumne County in Northern California with a mission to increase visitation, travel spending and overnight stays. Tuolumne County is just a 2 1/2-hour drive east of the San Francisco Bay Area. The destination is known for its pristine, scenic expanse reaching into the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Gold was discovered in Tuolumne County in 1848, setting off the major gold rush of 1849. The main highways leading to the picturesque drive from the Bay Area are Highways 108 and 120 from the west and Highway 49 from the north. The State Highway 120 entrance to Yosemite National Park is considered the “front door” of the park for the Bay Area.
The Stanislaus National Forest, Yosemite National Park and other surrounding areas provide natural vistas and settings for hiking, water skiing, horseback riding, rafting, camping, snowmobiling, boating, snow skiing, fishing and other outdoor activities. Seven restored historic hotels, four golf courses, numerous and varied dining establishments, historic saloons, four wineries, a hard cider distillery, train rides, casinos, seven museums, two state historic parks, two live theaters, many bed-and-breakfast inns and a variety of Airbnb accommodations are among the many other attributes that make the county a year-round vacation destination. For more information, go to VisitTCToday.com.
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